First of all, allow us to convey the satisfaction of our delegation to see you presiding over our work at the 71st session and to acknowledge the work that you and your team have developed under the chairmanship of the Fifth Committee. I reiterate the cooperation of the Cuban delegation to successfully undertake our work.
We reiterate our appreciation for conducting the work of this Conference.
With regard to the institutional arrangements of the legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons, leading towards their total elimination, the Cuban delegation would like to highlight, inter alia, the following elements:
Since I am taking the floor for the first time, I would like to congratulate you on your election and wish you success in this Conference.
Cuba considers that an instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons should include, inter alia, the following provisions:
• To categorically prohibit the possession, production, development, testing, acquisition, stockpiling, transfer, deployment, stationing, use or threat of use of nuclear weapons.
• To prohibit any activity related to military or other preparations for the use of nuclear weapons.
We thank Controller Ms. Bettina Tucci Bartsiotas, Assistant Secretary-General, for her presentation of the Secretary-General´s reports on the estimates in respect with special political missions, good offices and other political initiatives authorized by the General Assembly or the Security Council. We likewise thank Mr. Carlos Ruiz Massieu for the related reports of the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions.
Fifteen years after the adoption of the Durban Declaration and Program of Action at the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and related Intolerance, its full implementation remains a pending issue in the struggle for equal rights for all human beings.
We note with concern that in many regions and countries of the world, racism, racial discrimination and xenophobia continue to occur, and even take new and more sophisticated forms.